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Elder Options provides many services

The National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers is transitioning to Aging Life Care. The announcement came at the recent national conference in Denver, Colo. Members Carol S. Heape, MSW, CMC, and Elizabeth Heape-Caldwell, BA brought the news home to Elder Options Inc. staff. Heape has been an Aging Life Care professional for more than […]

Celebrating 90 years of working and giving

Anton “Tony” Schuh has lived in El Dorado County on the Georgetown Divide for almost 34 years and is turning 90 on May 3. He hand-built the Sierra Pines Mobile Home Park and has given so much to family and friends and to the residents of the park. Family and friends are giving him a 90th […]

Sac museums offering many summer programs

From learning more about art to archery or creepy crawlers to deep space, a dozen Sacramento area museums and destinations are offering special summer classes, camps and activities for Children. A comprehensive and continually updated listing of activities is available at sacmuseums.org/summer-camps/. Space is limited and camps are filling up fast. Parents are encouraged to […]

Travels to resort have produced many stories

The story of Sorensen’s Resort is complex. From the first actual cabin built in 1907, through the years to what it is now. The resort has been an ever evolving story of determination, gumption, blind faith and luck. Travel through Hope Valley long ago was very different from it is today. Travelers, on foot, horse, […]

My turn: Working together for common solutions

As the incoming chair of the 15-member Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board, this promises to be a hopeful and exciting year. 2015 will be full of opportunities, but also challenges, for the continued protection of Lake Tahoe. The number one priority among our challenges is funding shortfalls. Federal and state funding that has paid […]

Woodheads to raise funds for woodworking classes

On Monday, April 7, the Society of Woodheads Only (SOWHO), spearheaded by Jim Von Tellrop Jr., will gather once again at Powell’s Steamer Company and Pub in Placerville to raise funds for the woodworking classes at five local high schools. Celebrating its 10th year, this lively event features an array of generously donated auction items […]

Many special events at State Indian Museum

In honor of the annual Native American Heritage Month celebration that happens every November, the State Indian Museum is offering a series of special events and activities each weekend that celebrate and share the lasting heritage, traditions and contributions of Native Americans with the local community. The State Indian Museum will offer notable Basket Weaving […]

Feng Shui principals still working

With more listings and less buyers looking at homes this fall and winter, sellers may need to give a little more thought to making their homes more inviting to previewing buyers. Creating a WOW experience is a sure way sellers will get a higher price.  This last spring and early summer, it was less important. […]

‘New, working Board of Supervisors’

EDITOR: Yesterday, I took a day off work to attend my first 2013 El Dorado County Board of Supervisors meeting. I was pleasantly surprised by the new board of “working” supervisors who were doing their job of governing the direction of our county. I watched them get updated by CEDAC and asking all the right […]

Nutting a hardworking man

EDITOR: I have been following the progress of the Nutting lynching; it makes it clear that this is the way Placerville got its name in the gold era (Hangtown). I have been in business in El Dorado County since 1960. My father started the business (Halk Equipment Rentals) and prided himself at being an honest […]

Thanking those working for us

EDITOR: I just want to send a well deserved ‘Thank you’” to all law enforcement and fire department personnel, as well as first responders and all who help in time of disasters. What would we do without the road maintenance crews in times of adverse weather conditions? The public comes up with many different complaints about the road […]

Shop Small Saturday helps in so many ways

Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is “Shop Small Saturday” on Saturday, Nov. 24. Shop Small is a nationwide movement to recognize and celebrate the contribution of small businesses to the national, state and local economy. People all over the nation are encouraged to support their local small businesses by shopping locally. “With the exception […]

Dog talk with Uncle Matty: Working with fear

Fearful dogs are tricky. They are to dog trainers what antique glass heirlooms are to UPS delivery people: special care and handling required. I’ve worked with the owners of many shy or fearful dogs, usually after these people spent years exacerbating the problem with their own misguided behavior: the weary woman who comes home to […]

Franckly speaking: Here’s a minority group to which many of us belong

This week Ive been reading a book that — whenever I mention it — people respond to and start talking. Its called “The Introvert Advantage” by Marti Olsen Laney. The subtitle is ”How to thrive in an extrovert world.” According to Laney, one in four Americans is an introvert. It’s interesting to think about whether […]

Stepping out: Chipotle Mexican Grill has many tasty menu choices

“You know how I feel about tacos. It’s the only food shaped like a smile.” — Spoken by the character Earl Hickey in “My Name is Earl,” (2006) Chipotle Mexican Grill A couple of weeks ago I mentioned that Chipotle had delivered a number of burritos to the folks at the newspaper to try, as […]

HUD reworking affordability index

New tool will provide homebuyers with a more accurate estimate of living costs WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced it has awarded The Manhattan Strategies Group, LLC, and its subcontractor the Center for Neighborhood Technology a $3.2 million contract to create a national Housing and Transportation Affordability Index. The […]

El Dorado County has many resources

For the El Dorado County Commission on Aging, old age is nothing to fear — it is simply an opportunity to enjoy life and take advantage of all the resources El Dorado County has to offer. However, how can all of these opportunities be taken if it can sometimes be difficult just to access or […]

Thank you for supporting woodworking education

EDITOR: On behalf of the Society of Wood Heads Only and the Hardwood Lumber Distributors of the Greater Sacramento area, we wish to thank all those who helped contribute to our seventh annual fundraiser for the high school woodworking programs of El Dorado County. We received money and raffle prize donations from many of the […]

Working together is a successful venture

What: Art and Wine Festival Who: Mother Lode Rehabilitation Enterprises and Placerville Kiwanis Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Mark D. Forni Building, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville When: Saturday, Jan. 22, 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Tickets $30 each or $50 per couple Information: 530-622-4848 It is a new year and a great way to start […]

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Students stage mini ‘opera’ that teaches many lessons

A mini “opera” coming to Sacramento State is more than just a musical production — it’s also an educational project that reaches across several subject fields. “The Devil’s Highway” will be performed at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, in Capistrano Hall Room 151. It is based on Luis Alberto Urrea’s acclaimed book of the same […]

Collaboration and partnerships pay off in many ways

The need for healthcare services is in greater demand now than ever in the history of El Dorado County. For this reason the Nonprofit Partnership has joined hands in demonstrating how collaboration is a key component in providing resources during a challenging economy. ÒWith a combined experience of 303 years of serving El Dorado County, […]

Heard over the back fence: Lets help out all the hard-working teachers

Democrat staff writer It is a well-known fact that many teachers pay out of their own pockets for some school supplies. Local businesses Tony Matthews and Annieberries on Main Street in Placerville are collecting school supplies and backpacks to provide help for Schnell School students and homeless teenagers. The donations will be given to teachers […]

Its taking more time when working with todays homebuyers

Democrat columnist Working with homebuyers today is taking longer than it used to. My last sale was to a couple I had been working with for eight months. My new escrow is to a family I first met six months ago. From the time of my first meeting with a potential buyer until closing, can […]

Working for the voters

Elections matter and so do the people we elect. The indisputable evidence is the sheriffÕs race. There are now seven candidates, all well qualified, running to replace Sheriff Jeff Neves, who is retiring. Neves has done an outstanding job and is always open and available, often found at many local functions. There are those who […]

Horoscope, Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mercury Enters Cancer Mercury’s entrance into protective Cancer may bring back that scenario that makes your blood boil to think about. You’d love to let them know how you really feel, though expressing yourself may not help in the current climate. If holding yourself back is too hard, concentrate on holding only one small part […]

Independence Day racing is ‘Spectacular’

DeCaires, Stone, Murphy fend off on-track fireworks to score July Fourth victories Saturday night saw a sold-out grandstand with one of the largest crowds in several years for the annual Fourth of July Spectacular. This annual night of racing lived up to its name this year with one of the best racing surfaces the holiday […]

Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be fought alone

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia affect more than 5.3 million people in America. This growing problem can leave family caregivers and those with Alzheimer’s disease feeling frightened and alone. El Dorado County Senior Day Care Services is reaching out to share information about the many local resources and programs that can help those […]

‘Bye Bye Birdie’ opens at Music Circus

The next show in the 65th Music Circus season is the hit musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie.” Performances are Tuesday, July 7 through Sunday, July 12. The spirited cast includes Broadway performers, Music Circus audience favorites and some fresh faces making their Music Circus debuts. Full of hummable hit songs by Charles Strouse, who wrote […]

Marco Antonio Ramos

March 22, 1963 — June 23, 2015 Marco Antonio Ramos passed away suddenly on June 23, 2015, in Sacramento, Calif., he was 52. Marco came from Mexico to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a restaurateur. He worked for and was guided by his cousins, Jaime, Pepe, Hector and Polo Ramos, working his […]

A sign of desperation? City’s sign changes debated

Problem: How to get the tens of thousands of Highway 50 travelers on their way to and from the Bay Area to Tahoe to turn off the freeway and visit Placerville.

Solution: Advertise upcoming downtown events on the Welcome to Placerville sign at Canal Street and Highway 50.

Problem with the solution: Changes to the sign would sully the grace and charm of the little town, rendering it nothing more than a billboard that makes the city appear “desperate.”

Horoscope, Friday, June 26, 2015

Two Kinds of Lunar Love Mother Teresa of Calcutta said it’s easier to give a cup of rice to relieve hunger than to relieve the loneliness of someone unloved in their own home. The Libra moon of partnership and love rules the first part of the day, favoring dedication to the needs of those close. […]

For hearing problems, trust a licensed audiologist

There are many reasons to turn to a medical professional By Michelle Throp, MS, CCC-A Marshall Hearing and ENT Ear, Nose and Throat Inc. If you’ve been diagnosed with hearing loss, you might be tempted to purchase hearing devices from a retailer rather than visit an audiologist. Doing so might save you a few dollars […]

Caregivers, give yourself a break before it’s too late

Sometimes you don’t even want to put your feet on the floor and get out of bed in the morning because you know your mom won’t be any better today. The Alzheimer’s has taken her down, turning the once vivacious lady into a virtual stranger … but a stranger who needs your help almost constantly. […]

Boys of Summer to play EDH

Coming off a highly successful 2014 that saw the band tour throughout the country and perform at numerous major venues, top Southern California-based Eagles tribute The Boys Of Summer, will play in the Steven Young Amphitheater, 4363 Town Center Blvd. in El Dorado Hills, on Thursday, June 25. The appearance is part of the band’s Summer […]

House hunting in the hypothetical

“I am not a house snob,” I say to DC. He raises his eyebrows, lowers his chin and regards me over the tops of his frameless lenses. He wants to go house hunting, with me, but thinks pleasing me may be a tall order. “Okay,” I continue, in the most reasonable tone I can find, […]

Sutter’s Fort offers free admission

In conjunction with a large-scale Sutter Medical Center Community Day and a celebration to open its new Women’s and Children’s Center, California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present special “Hands on History: Sacramento’s First Hospital” activities on Saturday, June 20. Courtesy of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, admission to […]

Life as I Know It: The Mexican border

One summer our minister in Placerville asked several couples if they might be interested in taking RVs to visit some of the towns along the U.S. and Mexican border where Presbyterian churches were working to help Mexicans to find jobs and not try to migrate across the border. Peggy and I decided to go even if […]

Becoming a foster family

This is the final installation of a three-part series about foster care in El Dorado County. Part one can be found here and part two can be found here. To become a foster parent, applicants must be at least 21 years old and in good physical and emotional health. They must be able to support […]

Terry Lee (Tash) Roggy

Sept. 6, 1943 — May 30, 2015 The spirit of Terry Lee Roggy left her earthly body on Saturday, May 30, 2015, at the age of 71, in the town of El Dorado, Calif. She was born in Denver, Colo., on Sept 6, 1943, to parents Richard and Kathleen Tash, but her most of her […]

Golden Rose named, Rose Pageant set

One Rose has already been picked. Although the 2015 El Dorado Rose will be named Thursday evening, June 18, during the opening day of the El Dorado County Fair, there already is a freshly bloomed Golden Rose who will be fulfilling her duties alongside the new royalty. Sandra Kowalski is this year’s Golden Rose, an […]

Becoming a substitute family for children in need

There is no one kind of foster parent — some are single parents, others are married; they represent all different ages, races and income levels. Some have biological children of their own or adopted children living at home; others have never had children; still others have raised their own children to adulthood. Some are gay; some are not. All have to want to help children and have a lot of patience, said Katie Blankenship. Blankenship and her husband, Mike, have been foster parents for about 75 children over a 20-year period, sometimes having as many as six foster children at a time.

“I retired from working and knew there was a huge need for foster families so I …”

Donat Gillman Lenney

April 25, 1937 — June 6, 2015 Donat Gillman Lenney was born April 25, 1937, in Los Angeles, Calif., and passed away June 6, 2015, in Placerville, Calif., surrounded by family. He was a graduate of St. Vincent de Paul High School in Petaluma, Calif., and a graduate of the University of San Francisco, where […]

AB 357 bad for business

California Assembly Bill 357, called the Fair Scheduling Act of 2015, is anything but fair. In fact, it’s an unfair burden on employers in our state — the few remaining who haven’t taken their business elsewhere. AB 357 would require a food and general retail establishment to provide its employees with at least two weeks’ […]

Music legends to rock the fair

What: El Dorado County Fair Who: Legends of El Dorado Where: El Dorado County Fairgrounds, Budweiser Community Stage, 100 Placerville Drive in Placerville When: Sunday, June 21, p.m. at 6:30 p.m. Cost: Concert included in fair admission Information: 530-621-5860   “I never knew me a better time and I guess I never will.” — Elton John […]

‘Superman was a foster child’

Editor’s note: This is part one of a three-part series about foster children and the families that support them. Read part two here. Sirrele Steinfeld, 21, was in foster care for four years — years he said made him the person he is today. Removed from his mother’s care before he was 2, Steinfeld was placed with […]

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Schedule: July 6-12, 2015

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El Dorado High splits first two

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Comeback not in Post 119’s deck

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